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Thursday, February 12, 2009
When Heroes Take Control with Francesca Hawley
I’m a reader who adores Alpha Heroes. I can’t get enough of them. Whether they’re tough, wounded, or just take charge guys, I enjoy them in all their Alpha glory. Writing them…that’s another story. Oh I love my heroes to be Alphas, but I want them to follow my plans. My story. Never happens. Ever.
In my short story Alpha v Alpha published in the anthology Paranaughty, my shapeshifter hero literally carries my heroine off. He growls. He ties her up. And you know what? She loves it.
Protect and Defend, my January release from Ellora’s Cave features another Alpha hero. Another Alpha shapeshifter hero. I loved the concept of CSI meets shapeshifters so I wrote this book. Starting out, I tried to set down some ground rules. HA! The hero, Diarmid made his own plans right from the first. There were love scenes I intended to write that didn’t happen. Other scenes I had no intention of included were ordered by the contrary hero. For example, near the end of the book Diarmid decided I needed to write a very intimate anal scene between him and the heroine. I did not plan this however Diar is an ass man. Guess who won? Yeah, he did. Fortunately for my story, I was able to use the scene to build intimacy and trust between my hero and heroine, but my intent had no meaning for my Alpha hero. It was gonna happen. Why? Diarmid said so. He is so lucky I fell in love with him too.
No, trust me. I don’t need therapy. If you ask most writers, they’ll tell you similar stories about their characters. When I hear voices, my characters are talking to me. Do not be afraid. It’s okay. Really.
Shapeshifters aren’t the only kind of stories I write. And my Wolf Males aren’t the only Alpha heroes who take over. I’m a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism (this is a historical re-creation group like the Civil War reenactors but they focus on the Middle Ages) and have been for the last twelve years. The interests I developed through participation led me to write a Medieval paranormal romance. It’s currently unpublished but we’ll see what happens with it.
The hero, Eaduin (pronounced Edwin) is an Alpha hero. He’s the Warrior archetype, with a bit of the Chief thrown in for good measure. He started life as a villain. No, really. I started a time travel romance and Eaduin was going to be my handsome sociopathic villain. I tried to write it, but he kept stealing scenes. Not only that, but he whispered seductively in my ear, “I’m not a villain. I’m just misunderstood. Give me a chance.” Now, come on. All villains say stuff like that, right? Sigh. He was right. I hate it when the heroes are right because they never let you live it down. I think I fell in love with Eaduin by chapter two…it might have been chapter one.
Does it quit happening? Nope. I’m currently in the processing of writing another shapeshifter story. This one takes place during the holidays. I was going to make it a romantic comedy. Sort of a Dharma and Greg thing, but with the heroine being Greg and the hero being Dharma. Well, I was writing along fine—I thought—but I needed some more conflict. Oh, what if my heroine had a man from her past show up. Say it with me everyone. Man from the past took over the story. His name’s Joe. Joe. I never name heroes Joe. Just like I never name them Eaduin. But there ya go, he’s Joe. When he came charging onto the scene I literally threw out 16,000 words and 37 pages because I had to start over. Nothing worked. There is good news though. Since last Tuesday (Feb. 3) I’ve written 14, 200 words and 35 pages. I’m falling in love with Joe too. So, I guess I’ll keep him.
Alpha Males…ya gotta love ‘em.
So, to introduce you to my work, leave a comment today and I’ll put your name in a hat to win an autographed copy of the Draumr Publishing anthology, Paranaughty which includes my short story Alpha v Alpha.
Visit my Web site at: http://www.francescahawley.com
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